Weather warning as Storm Ciara approaches

Southend Council is preparing for Storm Ciara and is urging local people to be aware of the yellow weather warning that has been issued by the Met Office for Sunday.

Strong winds and gusts of up to 70 mph are predicted.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, says: “Strong winds are forecast for Sunday, and coupled with the high spring tides at 12.30pm it is highly likely that we will see surface water flooding along the seafront due to spray and waves breaking, just as we did in mid-January.

“The wind is predicted to be stronger than it was then and tide predictions are higher. With this combination there is a high probability of potential disruption along the seafront, and the possibility of disruption in other areas from high winds that could cause trees to fall for example.

“Our resilience team are carefully monitoring the Met Office forecasts and information as the wind predictions could change and move into next week. We encourage local people to monitor the Met Office website, follow our social media feeds for any up to date information, and stay safe if out and about.

“We will closely monitor wind strength on Sunday, and will take a decision on the day if we need to close the Pier for example. We are also prepared to work with our partners and contractors to put traffic management measures in place if they are required.”

If you need to report an issue on Sunday, such as a fallen tree or highway obstruction, please call out of hours on 01702 215000.

Follow @metoffice or visit for weather updates and @SouthendBC for council updates.


Mick Ferris

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